15 July 2019

The Mosaic Collection: Sara Davison | Guest Post + Giveaway

For His glory…
The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ’s finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

…and our good
We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God’s grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.


Since the theme of the Mosaic collection is “Family by His Design” the question that kept coming to me as the seeds for this story began to sprout was, “What makes a family?” I have been blessed with an amazing family and rarely struggled with wondering where I fit in or whether or not I was loved and accepted, but what if I had?

Some of the best movies are the ones of unlikely families—misfits or people rejected by their own families or completely alone in the world for whatever reason who find each other and become bound to each other as tightly—or more tightly—than blood relatives. There’s something powerful about that, the combination of not just family, but chosen family.

The parents of one of my main characters, Summer Velasquez, are cold and controlling. She has never felt loved, but after fleeing the stranger who attacked her in her own home, will she finally find the place where she belongs?

Jude McCall is a prodigal son. Like his father had when Jude was a child, Jude abandoned his family after a traumatic event, and now has to find the courage to go back home and find out if his mother, brother, and sister will forgive him. If they do, what will his place in the family be now? Will they ever be able to fully trust him again?

Family is such a loaded word, for better or worse. Often the family we are born into is dysfunctional and broken, since we are all fallen people living in a fallen world. As believers, family can be so much more than the people we are related to. The church is our family, and God himself promises to be husband to the widow and father to the orphaned. For children who are adopted into a family, the hurt caused by the idea that someone gave them up, for whatever reason, can be overcome by the truth that their adoptive parents chose them, wanted them, and gave them the opportunity to be as much a part of the family as if they had been born into it.

This beautiful idea of adoption is found throughout the Bible. Followers of Jesus Christ have been adopted and are now the sons and daughters of God, joint heirs with Jesus of an eternal, never-ending inheritance. What a glorious picture of family and the new identity that comes from being chosen, from belonging. Whatever our relationship with our earthly family looks like, whether positive or negative, as believers we are all part of the larger family of those who have been adopted by God our Father.

In the end, home is the place where we find love and acceptance. Our family can be anyone who welcomes us in, who loves us unconditionally but encourages us to be better, the best that we can be. It is within the circle of family that we find belonging and discover who we truly are.

And it is the idea of family, and the question of what exactly family looks like, that inspired Lost Down Deep. The main characters both go through extreme circumstances that take them on long, difficult journeys. In the end, though, they both may just find their way back home, to the place where they can be all that God intended for them to be.


Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novel, The Watcher, and the romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy and The Night Guardians series. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol Award, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. Sara currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.

Cornerstone message from the collection: God never promised believers that life would be easy, he promised us that he would never leave us or forsake us. Whatever we are going through, he is with us and we are never alone.

I hope and pray that my message encourages readers to remember that they are not alone when they are going through tough times. We often don't understand why God allows certain things to happen to us or those we love, but we can trust that he is good, that he is sovereign and in control, and that he will never leave us.


(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:

Where She Belongs
Pieces of Granite
Christmas on a Mission
Other Side of the River
The Third Grace
Carolina Grace
The Benefit Package (a devotional)
Dance of Grace
When Love Calls

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 24, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally, but international winner will receive a gift card only (may be substituted for a Book Depository gift card if winner cannot accept from US Amazon)

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for highlighting me and the Mosaic Collection on your blog Hallie. May God bless you for your support and encouragement of Christian authors!